Linux Mint · Password recovery

Resetting Sudo User password on Linux Mint 18

Sometimes we set a complex password and forget it. If we have done that on Mint 18 we have a procedure to reset the password. In this article we will have a look at the procedure.

  1. Power on your machine
  2. While the system is booting hold the shift key to pause the system at GRUB.
  3. Choose “Linux Mint 18 xxxxx 64 bit”
  4. Press “e” to  edit the line.
  5. Press “up” arrow or “Down” arrow to navigate to line that starts with “linux”
  6. Goto the end of the current line, remove “ro quiet splash $vt handoff” and  append “rw init=/bin/bash”
  7. Press “F10” key or “Crtl – x” to boot
  8. The system will boot up to a administrative root shell without asking for a password
  9. Type passwd <username>
  10. Enter your new password and confirm
  11. Reboot your machine
  12. Try logging using your new password

5 thoughts on “Resetting Sudo User password on Linux Mint 18

  1. Should this method work for version 19? I don’t get “ro quiet splash $vt handoff”; I get “ro recovery nomodeset”

  2. Holding down, or tapping or any combination of either shift key does not work. Are you sure that it is not shift and something else???

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